If your not a healthcare professional and you happen to see the AED-it is typical to become nervous and not want to be the one to have to turn it on and use it. I see that in my classes everyday and its normal to feel that surge of anxiety. However, the AED is a simple device, with the proper training, just eases the role of the first responders in providing cardiovascular care. Just remember- turn the AED on and listen to the AED prompts. So you are probably asking, so if the AED is that easy to use then why is AED training required?
The American Heart Association has indicated that the AED user must know how to recognize signs of cardiac arrest and how to activate the EMS system and how to do CPR. An AED operator must know how to recognize the signs of a sudden cardiac arrest, when to activate the EMS system, and how to do CPR. Subsequently, the user must become familiar with the device in order to feel comfortable using the AED in an emergency.
The Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) indicated that chances of survival from sudden cardiac death decrease by 7-10 percent for each minute without immediate CPR or defibrillation. After 10 minutes, resuscitation is rarely successful.
Consequently, as you can now see, the AED is a critical component of life-sustaining emergency cardiovascular resuscitation.
Here at Help-A-Heart CPR, we offer extensive training on the AED in most of our healthcare and non-healthcare provider CPR/First Aid certification courses.
Besides being a distributor of Zoll AED's, we also offer hand-on training at offsite locations. If you would like one of our certified and qualified instructors to come to your business or organization and conduct AED training; just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to call us at 210.380.5344.
Dr. Tracy A. Jones is an American Heart Association, ASHI, and American Red Cross Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.